Many Sport of Thrones followers little question view the looming debut of Home of the Dragon, GoT‘s first spinoff collection, with appreciable trepidation. On the one hand, the 10-episode prequel collection relies on George R.R. Martin’s guide Fireplace & Blood, and it is full, so there is not any probability of the collection getting too far forward of the supply materials. However, the GoT collection finale was a crushing disappointment to many (if not most) followers, and HBO has a little bit of an uphill battle forward to win again their belief.
HBO simply dropped the official trailer for Home of the Dragon, which is visually luxurious and confirms the probably plot and general tone. However it can take greater than an honest trailer to set these lingering doubts to relaxation. HBO additionally unveiled new, appropriately brooding posters for every main character.
As I’ve written beforehand, Home of the Dragon is about 200 years earlier than the occasions of its predecessor, chronicling the start of the tip for the reign of Home Targaryen. These occasions culminated in civil battle and the extinction of the dragons—not less than till Daenerys Targaryen got here alongside two centuries later. Along with co-creators Martin and Ryan J. Condal, Miguel Sapochnik—who filmed a number of the most eye-popping, sophisticated battles on Sport of Thrones—serves as co-showrunner and directed the pilot and a number of other different episodes.
Fireplace and Blood, a fictional historical past of the Targaryen kings, begins with Aegon I’s conquest of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, because of the household’s superior weaponry within the type of dragons. That is adopted by a interval of relative peace earlier than the inevitable succession disaster. The ultimate two sections of Fireplace and Blood cope with the fallout of that disaster and function the first supply materials for Home of the Dragon.
Within the guide, a council of lords selects King Viserys I Targaryen to succeed Jaehaerys I, passing over Princess Rhaenys Velaryon, a dragonrider generally known as “the Queen Who By no means Was.” Viserys I has no sons from his first spouse and decides his daughter, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, will succeed him. However that is Westeros, so there are others scheming for the Iron Throne, most notably Ser Otto Hightower, Hand of the King—whose daughter Alicent turns into the king’s second spouse and needs her son Aegon to be the inheritor—and Prince Daemon Targaryen, the king’s youthful brother.
The solid options Paddy Considine as King Viserys I; Emma D’Arcy because the older model of Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock performs the youthful model); Olivia Cooke as Woman Alicent Hightower; the eleventh Physician, Matt Smith, as Prince Daemon; Rhys Ifans as Ser Otto Hightower; Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, aka the “Sea Snake”; and Eve Greatest as Rhaenys Velaryon.
Sonoya Mizuno performs the foreign-born dancing woman Mysaria; Fabien Frankel performs the Dornish-born Ser Criston Cole, a talented swordsman; Graham McTavish performs Ser Harrold Westerling, a member of the King’s Guard charged with defending Rhaenyra; Ryan Corr performs Ser Harwin Robust, the strongest man within the Seven Kingdoms; Jefferson Corridor performs similar twins Lord Jason and Ser Tyland Lannister (clearly twins run within the Lannister bloodline); David Horovitch performs Grand Maester Mellos; Invoice Paterson performs Lord Lyman Beesbury, Grasp of Coin; and Gavin Spokes performs Lord Lyonel Robust of Harrenhal.
HBO dropped a teaser for Home of the Dragon final October, which did not do far more than give us an thought of the overall feel and look of the collection. This full trailer confirms that the storyline largely hews to the occasions of the ultimate two sections of Fireplace & Blood.
The trailer opens with a shot of a melancholy Rhaenys Velaryon gazing out over the ocean as a voiceover (recognized as Corlys Velaryon) intones, “What is that this transient mortal life, if not the pursuit of a legacy?” That just about units the tone as we briefly meet a couple of of the important thing gamers whose final names will likely be very acquainted to GoT followers: the aforementioned Corlys, Rickard Stark, and Boremund Baratheon. All are seen declaring fealty to King Viserys Targaryen and his named inheritor, Princess Rhaenyra.
However she’s clearly a controversial alternative, as Rhaenys Velaryon is aware of all too properly: “Males would sooner put the realm to the torch than see a girl ascend the Iron Throne.” We see dragons, a dragon egg, a potential wedding ceremony, and a potential funeral, with intrigue lurking in each nook of Daemon’s conniving smirks. And naturally there will likely be battles. All in all, it appears very Sport of Thrones. It is an “ugly recreation,” as Otto Hightower says, and we all know all too properly how the losers of such video games usually fare. Who has the willpower to win it—and what’s going to that victory price?
Home of the Dragon debuts on HBO Max on August 21, 2022.
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